Nov. 17, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (15-14, 7-9 ACC) rallied back from a two set deficit to defeat Boston College (9-19, 1-15 ACC), 3-2, (22-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-12) this afternoon at Power Gym.
"The match was a roller coaster," said Pitt head coach Dan Fisher. "Ultimately, we decided to stay with the team that's been playing pretty good in the past couple of weeks and it paid off. We're happy to get the win after being down 2-0."
The Panthers used a balanced offensive attack in the win as six players recorded eight-or-more kills led by Jessica Wynn with 12. On the defensive end, Jenna Potts tallied a team-best nine blocks and Delaney Clesen added 20 digs.
After dropping the first two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-14 respectively, Pitt came back strong after the intermission.
In the third set, the Panthers jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before the Eagles were able to come back and tie the score at 9-9. The teams exchanged points until BC earned a two point lead at 17-15. Pitt refused to back down and ran off five straight point taking advantage of solid serving from Amanda Orchard and a couple of miscues by the Eagles. BC was able to creep within one at 21-20 but the Panthers wouldn't be denied and took the set, 25-22, on a big kill from Monica Wignot.
Pitt again came out strong in the fourth forcing Boston College into an early timeout at 9-5. The Eagles were able get within three at 19-16 but Fisher called timeout and the Panthers responded in a big way scoring six of the next seven points to close out the set. The run, which was bookended by kills from Potts, featured clutch serving from Jenna Jacobson and a pair of kills from Wynn.
While the momentum was clearly with Pitt following the fourth, the Panthers still needed to deliver in the fifth to clinch the match and that's exactly what they did. The squads played back-and-forth volleyball for the majority of the set as Pitt took a narrow 8-7 lead into the changeover. The Eagles hung in the match and had the score within one at 12-11 but Pitt got a kill from Maria Genitsaridi and an attack error by BC to set up match point at 14-12. With the match in the balance, Wynn once again delivered a massive spike to complete the comeback and give the Panthers the victory.
Pitt will return to action on Friday, Nov. 22, when it hosts Maryland in a 7 p.m. contest at Fitzgerald Field House.